Three Indian Navy Boeing P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft lined up prior to delivery. P65801 Boeing Image.

Video: How Boeing responded to the Indian Navy’s P-8I additional flight and weapons’ testing needs

In 2012, the P-8I being built for the Indian Navy was transitioned in to flight testing by Boeing. With a committed delivery date set, the program was suddenly required to do additional flight testing, including weapons separation testing; and all this without adding any additional time to the schedule. Boeing was required to drop simulated weapons from the wing of a commercial airplane, something no one has ever done before in The Boeing Company.

A military derivative of the Next-Generation 737-800, the P-8I is a sister ship to the P-8A, the United States Navy’s maritime surveillance and submarine hunter. The P-8 is designed to carry weapons both under the wing and in a weapons bay.

Watch this almost four minute video to see how the P-8I team achieved the requirements, much to the astonishment of the Indian Navy program managers and colleagues within the company

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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